Rude awakening: Burglar caught napping in a drunken stupor on victim’s sofa

2012-09-11 00:00

A BURGLAR got so carried away guzzling his victim’s liquor that he passed out on the lounge

sofa, where the occupants later found him and he was arrested.

“It looks as if they partied all day long,” Dennis Stastny (34) told sister newspaper Beeld yesterday.

An unknown number of thieves broke into his house in Falcon Ridge, Vereeniging, last Tuesday morning.

Stastny said he and his wife, Kim, left home early and dropped the children, Meagan (two) and Devin (five), off at school. The burglary took place shortly afterwards.

“Looking at the quantity of liquor consumed there was more than one [burglar].”

The burglars took their time going through the house, helping themselves to small items such as a BlackBerry cellphone, an external hard drive, a purse, an iPad tablet, Stastny’s wedding ring and a pendant of Kim’s.

“They lay on our beds and spilled liquor on them. They found my cigars, smoked them and burned holes in my couch.”

There was urine on the mattresses and lounge chairs.

The burglars played snooker on a coin-operated table.

There was liquor and meat in the Stastnys’ house, which had been bought for a golf day held the weekend before.

“They flattened five bottles of liquor, including a bottle of brandy, J&B, Spice Gold, a half bottle of wine and caramel vodka.”

The men also opened a bottle of Bollinger champagne, which was a wedding present to the couple. “They didn’t drink it, because it probably tasted bad.

“There was meat in the fridge … They nibbled on everything they could find. A little bite here and a little bite there.”

The microwave oven was damaged when one of the burglars tried to heat up a chicken breast with a fork stuck in it.

The family arrived home at about 6 pm and saw someone lying on the couch.

The Vereeniging community policing forum was notified, and they called the police. Eight armed policemen entered the house. “They had to shake the guy to wake him up. He was lights out,” Stastny said.

The police then led the 21-year-old man to the police van. He was not handcuffed.

“He [the suspect] was full of liquor and glue — he sniffed glue that I had used for installing our wooden floors.” The suspect appeared in the local magistrate’s court last Wednesday and remains in custody.

Stastny described the incident as “scary”. “They partied the whole day, knowing we would be home late.”

Police spokesperson Constable Bubbles Ngwenya confirmed yesterday that the police were investigating a case of housebreaking.

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